Car Care & Tips – Proper Leather Care

By Auto News Log • August 9th, 2010

Proper Leather Care

Leather should be routinely cleaned using a leather cleaner or interior cleaner. Cleaners loosen and lift grease and grime without drying the leather.

To properly clean leather:

Spray cleaner to a wet applicator pad and apply to one area at a time (i.e. a seat back). Gently agitate the surface with a leather cleaning brush. This removes stubborn grime and will not harm the leather. Use a clean, damp sponge to rise the leather. Towel dry with a clean terry cloth towel.

In addition to regular cleaning, leather requires replacement of natural oils. (The smell of leather comes from oils evaporating out of the hide.) If these oils are not replaced, the leather will dry out, deteriorate and crack. Once every month or two, use a leather conditioner to restore these natural oils and keep the leather soft and supple. Leather conditioners with rich combinations of natural oils are especially beneficial on neglected, abused or aged leathers that have developed “character lines”.

To properly condition leather:

Apply conditioner to a damp applicator pad and wipe all leather surfaces in the vehicle.

Allow 15 to 20 minutes for the oils to penetrate and give a final wipe down with a clean towel. Don’t be alarmed if there is conditioner on the wipe towel. The leather will only absorb as much conditioner as it needs.

If you own a convertible with a leather interior, you should consider additional sunscreen protection. Leather conditioners typically do not offer any UV screening.


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